Ally Balks, Rappers Walk

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Ally Balks, Rappers Walk

The thin of it: Actress Calista Flockhart is being sued in New York State Supreme Court by her former lawyers, who claim that the Ally McBeal star has not paid them for helping to negotiate her TV contract. We're hoping that the waifish Flockhart, who's pulling down more than $30,000 an episode according to this tough-on-the-eyes contract, might spend some of that moola on a few cheeseburgers and milk shakes. (Page 1)

The thick of it: Bloated rap stars Fat Joe and Big Pun wheezed a sigh of relief this month when a New York City judge dismissed robbery and assault charges filed against them (their alleged victim declined to cooperate with prosecutors). Here's the criminal complaint that was filed against the portly pair. (Pages 2-3)

Happy Birthday to our pals Toni Braxton (31) and Matt Drudge (32), both of whom were born on October 27.